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Ripe 842 Corydon Ave, 204‐284‐7916. Chef/ owner Thomas Pitt serves inventive applications of regional and heritage ingredients like pickerel, bannock, and kielbassa. LP, WA, SP, A, IA, M, V Smith 75 Forks Market Rd, 204‐944‐2445. Plays on plaid and nostalgic Canadian touches offer a backdrop to scratchmade regional cuisine. The pan bagnat ups the ante on tuna salad with tuna steak, hard-boiled egg, and marinated vegetables. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V The VG Restaurant The Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Pl, 204‐985‐6255. High standards garnered this hotel a CAA/ AAA Four Diamond Award. Chef Eraj Jayawickreme wows with meticulously thoughtful dishes. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V SOUTH AMERICAN/ SPANISH Carnaval 270 Waterfront Drive, 204‐505‐0945 Winnipeg’s only Brazilian barbeque has carved out a sizzling carnivore’s paradise in the Exchange District. Juicy cuts of beef, lamb, chicken and pork are carved by gauchos tableside. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V. Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria 137 Bannatyne Ave, 204‐219‐5398. Argentinean-style pizza boutique serves up pies with unique toppings and empanadas in a historic Exchange District location. SP, LP, V, M, IA. Café Dario 1390 Erin St, 204‐783‐2813. Colombiaborn Chef Dario Pineda‐Gutierrez prepares Nuevo Latino cuisine with North American ingredients fused with Latin American spices. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Deseo Bistro 696 Osborne, 204‐452‐2561. Feast on chef Scott Bagshaw’s flavourpunched, Spanish-influenced food. Divine housemade mac and cheese with chorizo is an addictive menu standard. LP, IA, M, V. Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar 179 Bannatyne Ave, 204-947-5434. This rustic Latin eatery is the perfect place to nibble on tapas or enjoy colourful mains such as the steak topped with crab chèvre cream and zippy chimichurri. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Segovia 484 Stradbrook Ave, 204‐477‐6500. This trendy tapas restaurant features tastes of Spain in Chef Adam Donnelly’s creative shareables. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V STEAK & SEAFOOD Chop Steakhouse & Bar 1750 Sargent Ave, 204‐788‐2015. This swanky steakhouse oozes sex appeal. Boasts in-house butcher and pastry chef. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V bestlist 529 Wellington Steakhouse 529 Wellington Cres, 204-487‐8325. A renovated historic mansion offers top Canadian prime beef. Over 800 wine list selections. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Hy’s Steakhouse 1 Lombard Pl, 204‐942‐1000. A classic Winnipeg establishment for more than 40 years, comfortably opulent with traditional dark panelling. Canadian prime rib and perfectly aged steaks are outstanding. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V The Keg Steakhouse & Bar 115 Garry St, 204-942‐7619; 2034 McGillivray Blvd, 204-477‐5300; 2553 Portage Ave, 204-885‐5275. The Keg delivers sizzling steaks off the grill, slow-roasted prime rib, rock lobster tails and Alaskan king crab in a friendly, casual atmosphere. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Rae & Jerry’s 1405 Portage Ave, 204-783‐6155. Little has changed this steakhouse since its inception in 1957. Famous for liver and sandwiches. Reservations preferred. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V The Round Table Steakhouse and Brogue Gastropub 800 Pembina Hwy, 204-453‐3631; 800-B Pembina Hwy, 204‐453‐7980. Steakhouse in the style of a British pub. Adjacent Brogue Gastropub is a cozy pub that features globally influenced, meat-focused plates for sharing. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V THAI Bangkok Thai 100 Osborne St, 2nd floor, 204‐474‐0908. A perfect setting for exotic Thai dishes served on elaborately decorated silver tableware. LP, IA, M, V Sukhothai 191 Osborne St, 204-633‐6907. The modern interior is a good counterpoint to classic Thai cuisine. The perfect hot and sour soup and fresh fruit frozen drinks keep fans returning. WA, LP, IA, M, V VIETNAMESE Dalat 2‐1170 Taylor Ave, 204-895‐3222. Highlights are hot and sour soup, ginger-fried beef and shrimp with lemongrass. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Viva 505 Sargent Ave, 204-772‐3167. Deluxe vermicelli and bánh mì are highlights. Shrimp and sour soup and sweet and savoury stewed basa also get top marks. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Pho No. 1 81 Isabel St, 204-943‐7449. Charming Vietnamese noodle soup house serving steaming bowls of rich broth. WA, LP, IA,V Let us be your sous-chef Come sample the world’s freshest olive-oils and most authentic balsamic vinegars at Frescolio. Our staff is always happy to suggest a new favourite pairing. 2-929 Corydon Ave. 204-505-1455 frescolio.ca Open Tuesday through Sunday Get It To Go Digital editions of Ciao! make choosing a restaurant easy anywhere, anytime. www.ciaowinnipeg.com ciao! / oct/nov / two thousand fifteen 49